March 18 | 2 Corinthians 5:8-10
Therefore, we are always confident also knowing that we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight – and we are confident or we are well pleased rather to leave the body and be at home with the Lord, so we make it our ambition, whether at home or away, to please him. For we must all appear before Christ’s judgment seat so that each one may receive compensation for what he has done through the body, whether good or evil.” (2 Corinthians 5:8–10)
Accountability is lacking in many places in our society. Politicians get away with murder. Judges hand down judgment that lets people get away Scott free. People do evil, unspeakable things and get away with it. We’ve lost a sense of accountability and judgment.
Paul speaks of the judgment seat of Christ, a place where everyone receives the just judgment they deserve. Paul talks about having the choice to remain in the body and serve Jesus or go home to be with the Lord in heaven.
He decides to stay alive for the sake of the churches in his ministry and care. What are you doing to please the Lord? How will He judge you at the end of time? Everyone receives judgment, some for rewards and some for eternal condemnation. Where are you?
Action Step: Ask Jesus what is lacking in your character and faith. Seek Him and find out what pleases the Lord and do that. Then you won’t have anything to worry about when you receive your judgment.
Almighty Master, I want you to find me faultless, humble, a servant of all, and all my works for you unscrutinized. I want you to be pleased with everything I do for you. Keep me straight and help me to see anything that’s out of place and doesn’t please you.